An Examination of the Tyrannical Nature of the Soul in Plato's Charmides: The Political Importance of Recognizing our Ignorance

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Creator: 

Jones, Jessica

Date: 

2015

Abstract: 

In this work I argue that recognizing our limitations as human beings is essential to maintaining a healthy political order. In order to execute this, I examine the political significance of the role of Charmides, Critias, and Chaerephon in Plato's Charmides. My study of these characters reveals that the will to control others through the possession of knowledge is a dangerous and violent force, a force that continues to influence modern political life. The pursuit of any form of perfection, even perfect knowledge, hinders our understanding of ourselves and leads to the dissolution of
politics.

Subject: 

Philosophy
Political Science

Language: 

English

Publisher: 

Carleton University

Thesis Degree Name: 

Master of Arts: 
M.A.

Thesis Degree Level: 

Master's

Thesis Degree Discipline: 

Political Science

Parent Collection: 

Theses and Dissertations

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